This monthly fitness tip is brought to you by one of my new blog contributors, Christina! I am so excited to be able to bring you some fitness tips especially to kick off the New Year! My goal is to bring you fresh, new content through my contributors. Content that I have always hoped to add to my blog but because of time restrictions with three kids, another job and maintaining the style & motherhood aspect of this blog – I haven’t been able to add these sections to my blog. I am beyond thrilled to have her on board with us and I hope you are too!
$20 Gym Replacement Idea
It’s that time of year again! Time to make New Year’s resolutions, and most of them involve getting in better shape or becoming healthier. But if you don’t have time for the gym or know you won’t stick with it, I have a cheaper option that is much easier to stick with.
I have been using stability balls for years. Half the time I was in the gym, I was doing exercises with a stability ball and found they were my favorite. Any exercise with a stability ball will also engage your core and work more muscles than just the targeted muscle group. Can you say toned? Here is a full body exercise I do at home during nap time.
Pike (jack knife)
Put your hands directly under your shoulders in a plank position. Place your shins on the stability ball. Bring your feet towards your chest rolling the ball closer to you with only your toes remaining on the ball. Slowly lower your body back to the starting position.
Put your hands directly under your shoulders with your feet on the stability ball. Engage your core, and slowly bend your elbows lowering your body closer to the ground. Straighten your arms and return to the starting position.
Lie on your back with your heels on the ball. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from heel to toe. Engage your glutes and roll the ball towards your body. Slowly roll the ball back to the starting position. Be careful not to let your hips sag and keep your glutes tight!
Lie with the stability ball underneath your lower back and feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head, tighten your core, and lift your head and chest up and forward. Slowly lower your body back down to starting position.
Lie on your back with your legs straight and arms overhead holding the stability ball. Lift your legs and arms up to meet in the middle passing the ball to your legs. Lower your arms and legs back towards the floor without letting your arms or legs touch the floor. Continue the movement passing the ball from legs to hands each time.